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Monday, May 16

As For Me and My House

"But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”  (Joshua 24:15, New International Version)
It's a great verse, one you've probably read many, many times before. But on a practical level, what does having a household that serves the Lord look like? We might all say that we want our family life to glorify God, but how?

I think it looks different for every family. Some may be serving the Lord by homeschooling, others by reaching out to the parents at their child's public school. Perhaps some families serve the Lord through music ministry at church, while others help with service projects. Because each family is made up of unique people, each family has a unique purpose.

Brian and I are in the process of evaluating our strengths and weaknesses, our passions, our dreams and goals, and our values using a set of questions from Simplemom.net. The end result is an intentional plan to glorify and serve God as a couple. It hasn't been easy, but it has been enlightening! It has brought to light some of our common interests and goals, and brought up ways we can serve each other and others better.

As we've been working on our family mission statement, I've also been considering our home's appearance. We want our home to welcoming and hospitable, which means that keeping it clean needs to be a priority, but beyond that, we also want our faith to be obvious. As I look around now, I see lots of wedding pictures, beautiful things, and books. Unless someone were to look closely at the titles on our bookshelf, I don't think they would know that we serve God. What if we had visual reminders throughout the house of the values we want our home to reflect - peace, love, and joy? 

Enter: Christian Home Decor from DaySpring, specifically The Wooden Carved Ichthys.

Through (in)courage's (in)spired deals review program, I received the wooden carved ichthys to review.


While this may not say peace, love, or joy in words, it is a beautiful reminder of Christ. The Greek word "ichthys" loosely translated means "Jesus fish." Each letter forms an acrostic:
  • Iota (i) is the first letter of Iēsous (Ἰησοῦς), Greek for "Jesus"
  • Chi (ch) is the first letter of Christos (Χριστός), Greek for "anointed"
  • Theta (th) is the first letter of Theou (Θεοῦ), Greek for "God's", the genitive case of Θεóς, Theos, Greek for "God"
  • Upsilon (u) is the first letter of huios (Υἱός), Greek for "Son"
  • Sigma (s) is the first letter of sōtēr (Σωτήρ), Greek for "Savior"
It's also a reminder that we are called to be fishers of men! 


For some reason, Blogger likes to put some of my pictures sideways. I hope you can still appreciate the detail of the carving! This is what DaySpring says about it:
This carved Ichthus symbol of Christian faith is made from beautiful mango wood. The exquisite carving detail and overall beauty of this sturdy, solid piece makes it ideal for the living room, dining room, entryway or office, or showcased on your fireplace mantle, and is a stunning display of faith and good taste.
Product Details:
  • Size: 20" x 14"
  • Weighs approximately 6 lbs.
  • Brackets on back allow for hanging vertically or horizontally

Again, I apologize for the sideways picture, but can you see the metal brackets on the back? There are two on the top and two on the bottom, and they are very sturdy. 

I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the package and pulled it out. The picture on the website looks much more brown, and I wasn't sure how it would work with our black wood furniture in the living room. It was much darker than I expected, and really looks black! The color might vary from one piece to another, however. 

I'm very satisfied with the quality, detail, and look of this piece, and I especially love the meaning behind it. Five out of five stars! Especially when you consider the price: regularly $49.99, this month it's on sale for $29.99!

If you're interested in adding visual reminders of your faith to your decor, check out the other sales on Inspirational Art and Home Decor, like the Ornate Metal Collection.





If you've got graduation parties, weddings, or baby showers coming up, here's a little coupon code for you: 


*Dayspring gave me this product for free to review, however, I was not required to write a positive review, the opinion expressed here is my own! 
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What does your home say about your family? Do you have visual reminders of what's important to you? Have you ever thought of putting a purpose or mission statement in writing for your family?

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